Category: Design

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams paper illustration collage

Artist and illustrator Morgana Wallace creates mixed media compositions that reference various aspects of mythology and realms of fantasy. The artworks are made from layers of cut paper with additional details added in watercolor and gauche. You can see much more on her website and over at Madrona Gallery. (via So Super Awesome, Trend Hunter)

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Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra

Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra typography chalk

Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra typography chalk

Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra typography chalk

Chalk Ampersand by Tommaso Guerra typography chalk

With a strong background in fine art, graphic design, interior design, and typography, Rome-based Tommaso Guerra is a good person to call if you need, well, anything. One of his greatest talents is lettering with chalk. Guerra has been commissioned to draw impeccable signs for restaurants and business around the world, as well as public pieces like this decorative ampersand right on the sidewalk. (via Betype)

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An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart urban intervention safety public interactive dance advertising

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart urban intervention safety public interactive dance advertising

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart urban intervention safety public interactive dance advertising

This fun urban intervention from small car manufacturer Smart attempts to redesign the humble traffic light by making it a bit more interactive. The team built a nearby dancing booth rigged with cameras that translates the dance moves of real passersby into a pixelated ‘don’t walk’ silhouette inside a crosswalk light. The video claims the installation resulted in 81% more people stopping at the light instead of walking out into the street. The piece was created for Smart’s promotional/safety campaign titled WhatAreYouFOR. (via Designboom)

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A mesmerizing pendulum wave demonstration with 16 bowling balls in a North Carolina forest

A mesmerizing pendulum wave demonstration with 16 bowling balls in a North Carolina forest video physics math kinetic sculpture

If you’ve ever been to a science museum or taken a physics class, you’ve probably encountered an example of a pendulum wave. This video shows a large-scale pendulum wave contraption built on private property in the mountains of North Carolina, near Burnsville. The mechanism relies on 16 precisely hung bowling balls on a wooden frame that swing in hypnotic patterns for a cycle of about 2 minute and 40 seconds. Via Maria Ikenberry who filmed the clip:

The length of time it takes a ball to swing back and forth one time to return to its starting position is dependent on the length of the pendulum, not the mass of the ball. A longer pendulum will take longer to complete one cycle than a shorter pendulum. The lengths of the pendula in this demonstration are all different and were calculated so that in about 2:40, the balls all return to the same position at the same time – in that 2:40, the longest pendulum (in front) will oscillate (or go back and forth) 50 times, the next will oscillate 51 times, and on to the last of the 16 pendula which will oscillate 65 times.

Because the piece is outdoors, a number of factors prevent the balls from precisely lining up at the end, but it’s still easy to get the idea. In a perfectly controlled environment you get something like this.

Update: The pendulum was built by Appalachian State University teacher and artist Jeff Goodman.

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Woodworker Creates Detailed Stop-Motion Films of his Process

Woodworker Creates Detailed Stop Motion Films of his Process wood stop motion animation

Designer and woodworker Frank Howarth has a passion for building things with his hands, he makes everything from shelves and chairs to toys and tables. But there’s one thing he might be even more passionate about: showing people how he does it on his YouTube channel. In some of his most popular films, the Howarth removes himself completely to create stop-motion animations with thousands of photos, where the objects appear to build themselves. In the two shown here he builds a trio of bookshelves and a lawn chair. If you liked this, don’t miss the Triumph Spitfire clip. (via The Awesomer)

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Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Vibrant Quilled Paper Illustrations and Sculptures by Yulia Brodskaya  quilling paper illustration

Paper artist and graphic designer Yulia Brodskaya first began to experiment with various ways to illustrate using paper about six years ago. In the time since she’s become a master at quilling and other sculptural techniques involving paper, landing high-profile jobs working on paper projects for fashion designer Issey Miyake, Godiva chocolates, and even Paramount films.

In her own time, Brodskaya often returns to an exploration of aging and older people, inspired in part due to fear of her own mortality, but also in an attempt to portray aging people with dignity by rendering them in brilliant color, or by showcasing their interests. There’s also an added bonus: quilled paper is an excellent medium for creating wrinkles.

You can see much more over on her website, and Brodskaya’s work appears in the new book Paper Cut: An Exploration Into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration.

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Timelapse of the Amish raising a giant barn in under 10 hours

Timelapse of the Amish raising a giant barn in under 10 hours timelapse Ohio barns architecture Amish

Ohio resident Scott Miller shot this timelapse video earlier this year of dozens of Amish men raising a barn. The entire construction cycle takes place between 7am and 5pm—with at least an hour for lunch—and yet the bulk of the work is done by the end of the day. Amazing to see how incredibly precise the entire endeavor is. (via Sploid)

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